VOLUNTEER

James Edward Buttersworth - The Volunteer - Approximate Original Size - 6x12 1887
Volunteer
was the third and last defender designed by Edward Burgess. She was built in the remarkably short time of sixty-six days, and was launched the last day of June.

It won all the races sailed before the America's Cup.

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Volunteer by Nathaniel Stebbins - The New York Public LibraryWhen the measurements of the Thistle became known, in the spring of 1887, Mr. Burgess immediately began work on the designs of a steel centre-board sloop of about the same water-line length as the Thistle, and General Paine immediately stepped to the front in defense of the Cup, and bore the entire expense of building and fitting out a yacht from the new designs.

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